Victory filled with emotion
HE has experienced several highs in greyhound racing over the years - but Reg Gardoll enjoyed another memorable moment during an emotional day of action at Casino.
Gardoll's charge Elavena captured victory in the $3100 484m AB Casey Memorial Final B Division One last Friday.
A solid run ensured victory in the day's feature race, held in honour of the much-loved late racing stalwart.
Trainer Gardoll, who looks after the dog with owner wife Elva, said the triumph was a special moment in his career.
"We have won Group One races, in the past and this one means as much," he said.
"I knew AB for a number of years. He was a well-respected guy and a pleasure to be around.
"The satisfaction this one has given me, knowing the people who were involved, is great."
A superb run saw Elavena take top spot ahead of challengers Bralyn Daffodil (runner-up) and third-placed Hanify's Diamond.
The three-year-old has been dogged by injury troubles in her career but seems to be back on the right path.
She has a notable record at Casino, with three wins in her last four outings at the Queen Elizabeth Park track.
Pillar Valley-based Gardoll said he was eyeing a place in the forthcoming Casino Cup for the dog, which has eight victories and seven other placings from 33 starts to her name.
"She is only a small bitch, so I think the tight track at Casino helps her," he said.
"I think the way she is going at the moment, she has a chance for the Cup.
"I think she can be competitive in that class.
"It is a day-by-day thing, but come nomination time we will see how she is going."
Another trainer celebrating was Stratheden's Peter Simpson, who chalked up a treble on the day.
Racing continues at Casino this Friday.
Meanwhile, racing continues at Lismore tonight with a 10-race card.
TURNER'S TIPS FOR LISMORE
Hot Bonus (Box two, Race six): Up against some handy campaigners but has won four of last five at Lismore.
Junior Phantom (Box four, race five): Returned to form with a victory at Lismore last week, always handy at this level.
Watta Jackpot (Box seven, race eight): Consistent dog at this level and handy performer at the track.